14 09 Cyclox Circular

CYCLOX CIRCULAR, SEPTEMBER 2014

Cyclox Circular September 2014

Cyclox events

Ben Spencer Brookes Cycle BOOM!  Tuesday 21st October 7.30pm  St Michael’s at the Northgate, Cornmarket, Oxford OX1 3EY  All welcome, free entry, refreshments
Cycle BOOM is a study by Oxford Brookes to understand cycling among the older population and how this affects independence, health and wellbeing. The ultimate aim is to advise policy makers and practitioners how our environment and technologies can be designed to help people to continue to cycle in older age or to reconnect with cycling.  Ben Spencer will talk about the project and share some of the early findings from the first wave of research this summer.

OxPA October meeting, jointly with Cyclox on Tues Oct 28.  Town Hall, 7.30pm
“Justice, vulnerable road users and RoadPeace”  guest speaker Amy Aeron-Thomas, Executive Director of RoadPeace.  Those who have heard speakers from RoadPeace will never forget the power of their argument that road use is part of the inequity in society causing huge harm to those already less well off. Come along and hear how we can change things for the better.

Oxford Green Fair Town Hall Saturday 6th December
Put the date in your diary – the main attraction will of course be Cyclox’ stand but you will also be able to sort out all your Christmas presents in one go – and learn about lots of other issues –  irresistible! If you would like to help on the stall, contact our stalls organiser kathryn@kmcnicoll.co.uk. You don’t need any experience – the main aim is to talk with the public about their experience and views of cycling in and around Oxford.

Carlton Reid talk gets a great write up
Our September open meeting was Carlton Reid’s presentation on how the roads were developed by and for cyclists and was very well attended. For those who missed it, Honour Tompkinson (Bainton Bikes and Cyclox member) wrote an informative piece. http://www.oxfordmail.co.uk/news/11488602.Just_remember_it_was_the_bike_that_came_before_cars/
Campaigns update

Disappointing Frideswide square proposals
There has been a lot written about the effect on cycling, mostly negative. Cyclox chair Simon Hunt wrote our view for the Oxford Times: http://t.co/Pi4IPjPbHR. The latest plans are at: https://www.oxfordshire.gov.uk/cms/content/oxford-station-and-frideswide-square. Cyclox member and CTC board member Graham Smith drew people’s attention to the poor design www.oxfordtimes.co.uk/news/11482928.___Revamp_leaves_no_room_for_cyclists___?ref=mr This is what the Cycling Embassy had to say:http://www.cycling-embassy.org.uk/news/2014/09/12/embassy-response-to-frideswide-square-consultation and Danny Yee comments: “There’s no space for people on bicycles, because we’re going to be used as traffic calming devices to slow the cars down.  That’s the most charitable goal I can attribute to this plan, anyway. If we can’t get space for cycling in Frideswide Square, where there’s actually a huge amount of space (it’s the entries and exits that are constrained), it seems clear that current council policy is opposed to any kind of segregated infrastructure for cycling ever, anywhere.

Forcing people on bicycles to share roundabouts with 15000 motor vehicle per day traffic flows, including a large proportion of HGVs and buses, is going to restrict cycling to the current cycle users, the young, fit, confident, etc.  And in the unlikely event that eight year olds and their grandparents do decide it’s safe, all that’s going to do is to bring the traffic to a grinding halt behind 5mph tricyclists and mobility vehicle users.  (Though current average speeds on the Botley Rd probably only just exceed tricycle speed for much of the day.)” Danny points out that the planners were mainly interested in aesthetics: http://theurbanists.net/landscape-design/frideswide-square-oxford/#sthash.q7NYlhm6.g0w29ycT.dpbs

Cyclox response to Westgate
We have now put our commentary on the Westgate proposals on our website: http://www.cyclox.org/improving-cycling-infrastructure/westgate/

You can help:

Reviewing the cycle parking provision in Oxford
Simon Pratt writes: Sustrans is looking for volunteers to audit cycle parking at public destinations in Oxford, as part of Stage 2 of the Oxford Cycling Strategy. This is subject to winning a competitive tender with the County Council and we think that having Cyclox members as part of the team will strengthen our bid. If we are successful, the survey work will take place during the month of October and we will need to look at the city centre, district centres (Summertown, Headington, Cowley & Botley) and all five Park & Ride sites. We will then make recommendations for additional cycle parking as required to be included in the draft Cycling Strategy for the city. Interested members email him onsimon.pratt@sustrans.org.uk

Broken Spoke Coop are in with a chance
The Guardian newspaper is holding a competition for the best community development and Broken Spoke are in the short list. Do vote to support them: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/competition/2014/sep/24/live-better-community-project-competition-reader-vote

Cyclox member Stephen Gower asks:
Now my youngest is ready to learn to ride so I’m looking for a Islabike Cnoc 14, and wondered if anyone on or around Oxford had one to sell.  Or any recommendations for another pedal bike that goes as small as the Cnoc 14 (inner leg, 38 cm).

Wolvercote Bike Clinic – an invitation to help
We are a small team of cycling enthusiasts who hold a Bike Clinic weekly at Wolvercote Sunday market. It’s great fun – the market is a really friendly place (with great food to buy and try) – and we do a steady trade fixing people’s bikes – donations for Low Carbon Wolvercote. There are 7 of us and we each do one or two sessions a month 10 – 1. If anyone out there would like to join us – you don’t need to be ultra good at mechanics, you can learn on the job (like I am!) – we would be very pleased to see you. Come along and say hi or email  maddy@meadow28.free-online.co.uk if you’re interested or want more details.

Your opinion is wanted
This survey asks how people feel about cycling in different situations – for example, riding through a park, or using a cycle lane. It also asks whether you think the situations are suitable for children.  https://wminplanandtrans.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_9ZfScVoEJYQuHmB&Source=web

 

Finally:

Oxford Commuting
For those with a penchant for figures, the attached one page report is what the 2011 census told us about commuting in and out of Oxford – and by implication the potential for cycling to ease the pressure on roads.

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